High Temperature Oxidation Resistant Alumina Coatings for Advanced Energy and Processing Systems
High Temperature Oxidation Resistant Alumina Coatings for Advanced Energy and Processing Systems--Plasma Processes, Inc., 4914 D Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL 35811-1558;
Mr. Timothy McKechnie, Principal Investigator
Mr. Timothy McKechnie, Business Official
DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82645
High-temperature oxidation protection is essential to improve energy efficiency and reduce the staggering costs of corrosion. Corrosion damage costs 4% of the U.S. Gross National Product each year. In addition, corrosion has a deleterious effect on the environment and can often lead to catastrophic consequences. The resistance to such corrosion is best achieved by the development of adherent stable alumina coatings. Innovative plasma spray and reactive sputter deposition technologies will be used to produce tough adherent alumina coatings that exhibit improved elevated temperature oxidation and corrosion resistance. Alumina coatings will be developed and subjected to high temperature corrosive environments to determine how composition, microstructure, and processing affects coating integrity. More importantly, the use of innovative deposition techniques will allow microstructural manipulation that will lead to important insights regarding alumina adherence and performance.
Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Immediate commercialization should be realized for alumina-based thermal barrier coatings for turbine blades, combustor liners, stator vanes, etc.; aeronautical and land-based turbine engines; and pistons, valve heads, exhaust ports, and cylinders in diesel engines. Other commercial applications include heat exchangers, burner nozzles, hot gas fans and filters, and pump and valve linings for corrosive environments.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Mr. Timothy McKechnie
Business Contact:Mr. Timothy McKechnie
Plasma Processes, Inc.
4914-D Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL 35811
Number of Employees: